Revelers to be taken in tow

December 30, 1997

Revelers to be taken in tow


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Rather than take alcohol-related accident victims to the hospital or tow their wrecked cars on New Year's Eve, the Waynesboro Ambulance Squad and local auto body shop owner Dave Shockey are offering free rides home to local residents who may partake in a little too much partying.

Those who request a ride from Shockey can also get their vehicles towed home with them.

"What we've found over the years is the reason a person refuses a ride home is because they're worried about getting their car the next day," Shockey said.

Shockey said he hopes people will call the free service and have their car taken along, rather than take the risk of driving home drunk.


Covering the Waynesboro and Greencastle, Pa., areas, Shockey said he's expecting to get several calls from people partying at bars and clubs.

Shockey has been towing cars for 22 years and has offered the free service on New Year's Eve for more than 10 years. He said it's his way of giving back to the community.

Tonight will be the ninth New Year's Eve the Waynesboro Ambulance Squad will be on call not only as an emergency service but also as a free taxi service.

"We'd rather be giving rides home than picking them up at an accident later," said Paul Tornow, assistant chief of the ambulance squad.

Ambulance personnel already distributed fliers to area bars and clubs to let people know the service is available.

But the squad will also respond to calls from people who are bringing in the new year at private parties at homes, Tornow said.

Using company cars - not the ambulance - the squad will cover Waynesboro Borough, Quincy and Washington townships, Tornow said.

Shockey can be contacted at 1-717-762-7106.

The Waynesboro Ambulance Squad can be reached at 1-717-762-5338.

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